Frank's Freedom

Meet Frank. He’s 13 years old, and is curious, busy, fun happy and bright. He has a mental delay, but that doesn’t stop him from being friendly, engaging and kind. He’s also an orphan in Eastern Europe. This means he is in an institution. If he is not adopted by age 16, he will be thrown out on the street with nothing but the clothes on his back and his “disabled orphan” status. Let me tell you more about Frank.

He’s little, about the size of a 7 year old. And he’s smart. He is in a group with teenage boys ages 16-24. He does puzzles and he does his chores diligently. He is very kind to the younger children. Frank is friendly and engaging. He likes being with the boys, but is happy being alone too. He plays appropriately with toys and is “all boy”. He could very easily function in a family. Frank is curious, smart, fun and sweet. He likes to play in the dirt and jump on the trampoline. Frank is independent, a good eater, is happy and content. Frank is physically healthy. He walks, runs, feeds himself, speaks, does puzzles and interacts with others well. He's a sweet boy who seems rather unaffected by his surroundings. He has no future where he's at, and without help, he's never getting out. Institutions are a one way ticket to nowhere. And this little boy deserves a future. This little boy will be a blessing to any family.

The Baker family has committed to adopt Frank and another boy, Emmitt. But international adoption is pretty expensive. The adoption would cost about $30,000. Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that helps with this cost. They set up grants for children in 25 countries around the world, and any money that is donated to these funds is given to the families to help with adoption fees. With Reece's Rainbow's help, the Baker family only needs about $10,000 to bring home both boys!

Friday, October 21, 2011

One Year

One year ago today, I posted this, a desperate plea for Sullivan's family. The next day, I found out he was getting adopted. I never would have imagined that Sam (his new name) would be home in only a year. It's fantastic.
One year ago, he was lonely, and had no idea that somewhere in America, a family was praying that adopting him was right.
One year, he is home.
One year, he is no longer an orphan
One year, he knows that someone loves him
One year, no more birthday's gone forgotten.
One year.
What has happened in your life in One Year?

At our summer camp, we watched this video. It is a video called "One Year", made by the Nations Foundation. Our college pastor is mentioned in the end, so when we all saw his name come up, we cheered. It's a great movie, and features many olympic snowboarders like Andy Finch and Tommy Czechin (I said these two because for any 'Amazing Race' fans out there, this season, they are on it. They are the snowboarders and have come in 1st the last three weeks, just thought I'd throw that out there).
God can do a lot in one year.
Watch the video, and what has happened this year? What will happen in one year?

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